Volunteer Spotlight: Bonnie Allen

By Emily Hansen, Community Food Programs Coordinator On the fourth Thursday of every month, Bonnie Allen picks up food from the Del Mar Elementary food distribution and delivers it to neighbors who are unable to attend. Bonnie is so dedicated to helping others, not even a hip replacement surgery could stop her from picking up… Read more »

Unsung Hero Highlight: Ruby Red

By Luise Gleason, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Whenever we tell stories about the impact of our work here at the Food Bank Coalition, we focus on our recipients, volunteers and donors. But there is actually one additional group of people that often goes unnoticed. It’s the silent helpers that come to pick up food, not… Read more »

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration

By Luise Gleason, Marketing & Communications Coordinator People are in need for two reasons: Either decisions they’ve made or circumstances beyond their control. In either instance, hunger should not be the price they have to pay. That’s why the Food Bank Coalition, it’s non-profit agency partners, donors, volunteers and advocates have been working relentlessly for… Read more »

A Community Takes Care of Its Own at Judson Terrace Homes

By Luise Gleason, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Once a month, the residents at Judson Terrace Homes, a living complex for low-income seniors, get together for our Senior Food Distribution. This event does not only supply them with the food they need but also offers a great way to socialize and talk to each other. Many… Read more »

A Center for Hope: The Grange Hall in Atascadero

By Luise Gleason, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Every first Wednesday of the month, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., the Grange Hall in Atascadero, which is mostly a place for dancing sessions, is used for another purpose: to support those in need with healthy, nutritious food. Volunteers divide the available food items into individual boxes so… Read more »

Love and Laughter at the Community Church in Cayucos

By Luise Gleason, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., volunteers and recipients get together for our Public Neighborhood Distribution at the Community Church in Cayucos where they share laughter, meet new people and talk about current events. Many of the visitors come on a… Read more »

The Human Side of Our Public Neighborhood Food Distributions

By Luise Gleason, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Every 3rd Tuesday of the month, residents of downtown SLO have the opportunity to visit our public Neighborhood Food Distribution at the senior center on Santa Rosa Street from 9:00 to 10:00am. In August 2019, I had a chance to visit and talk to both the volunteers and… Read more »

Celebrating 30 Years of Our County’s Response to Hunger Relief

By Andrea Keisler, Director of Programs When the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County opened on Valentine’s Day in 1989, it consisted of a 4,000 square foot warehouse space in Paso Robles with a Knudsen ice cream truck in back acting as its only cold storage and a second truck to use for… Read more »

David Travels Two Hours to Get Food

There is a wide range of circumstances that cause people to turn to the safety net of the Food Bank Coalition to keep them from facing hunger. David has struggled financially for several years now and regularly attends a public food distribution at Oak Park in Paso Robles. He knows firsthand all about making tough… Read more »

Making Tough Choices in California Valley

People who live around California Valley at the eastern corner of the county face challenges in sourcing healthy food. This region is considered a “food desert” since the nearest supermarket is 50 miles away in Atascadero. And many in the community there have to make tough choices when it comes to deciding between food and… Read more »